Assistant Professor in History (University of Paris, UFR GHES)
Deputy-Head of GHES Department
Head of the Energy Master's degree and coordinator of the Energy, Ecology, Society (E2S) courses
Associated researcher at LIED
I hold a PhD in urban history defended at the Paris Diderot University (supervisor: André Gueslin) in 2009. Previously, I was educated as an engineer, first at the École polytechnique (X98) and then at the École nationale des ponts et chaussées, with a specialization in town planning (advanced master's degree AMUR, 2004). As a temporary lecturer and then as an assistant professor since 2010, I taught in different universities (Paris Diderot, Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Bretagne occidentale...), town planning institutes (IFU, IUP...), engineering schools (ENPC, ENTPE...) and other institutions (École de Chaillot, Ponts Formation Conseil...). Furthermore , I realized various research and expertise missions in history as well as in town planning for several structures : AHICF , École française de Rome , RATP, RFF, SNCF... I am also involved in various associations of my research field: Traffic, Transport and Mobility (T2M) , Passé-Présent-Mobilité (P2M), Rails & histoire and GETUM. I have also worked on different exhibition projects.
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My research focuses on urban mobility in the industrial cities conceived as a historical phenomenon, in Europe in general. The main concepts on which I base my work are those of public space and interaction between mobility systems. But I address other topics such as energy. With these tools I try to shed light on the theme of mobility history with a peculiar attention to social and cultural elements conceived as key factors for understanding the technical objects and mobility infrastructures. I developed my research within the ANR Resendem project and thanks to a project financed by the Mobile Lives Forum on the imaginary of decision makers in the world of railway. Since then, I've been interested in technology transfers, particularly for my HDR research project focused on the exportation of French high-speed train TGV to the USA.
Main centers of interest:
- History of western mobility
- Urban history
- History of technical transfers
- Longue durée and contemporary issues (imaginary and heritage of techniques)
- Energetical and environmental issues